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Gun Fight: Can Minnesota Have a Fair Gun Debate at Gunpoint?

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What if they gave a debate about guns in society and there were no guns in the room?

Minnesota may never know what that would look like.

Last week’s series of hearings in the Minnesota State Capitol on legislation to reduce gun violence had an unintended and unforeseen outcome: Guns in society wasn’t the most pressing issue. Guns in the Capitol was. Continue Reading →

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DFL: Pawlenty Left Minnesota Holding The Bag

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Talks About Tim Pawlenty's record

As Minnesota’s legislature struggles to solve the biggest deficit in the state’s history, its former Governor, Tim Pawlenty is in neighboring Iowa to announce he is running for President. Minnesota’s Democratic Farmer Labor Party Chair Ken Martin traveled to Des Moines today to answer questions about Pawlenty’s record. Martin had a lot to tell.
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Today’s UpTake: Battles in Egypt, Budgets in MN

Rally for Egyptian people at Minnesota State Capitol

Follow The UpTake today and this week as we broadcast news of budget battles here in Minnesota and the battle for democracy on the streets of Egypt. As we have all month, we’ll continue to provide livestreams of legislative turf wars between the Republican-controlled State House and Senate, and Governor Dayton’s office. Continue Reading →

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MN House Passes $1 Billion Budget Cutting HF130

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This evening the Minnesota House passed HF130, which would take a $1 billion slice out of the state’s projected $6.2 billion budget shortfall by cutting $181 million in spending and reducing the next two-year budget by $822 million. Governor Dayton will likely veto the bill. Continue Reading →

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State Rep. Knuth Defends Next Generation Energy Act

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Minnesota State Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL – New Brighton) today released the following statement opposing HF 72, a bill that would repeal a key element of the Next Generation Energy Act passed in 2007 and signed into law by former Governor Tim Pawlenty. HF 72, which was presented and discussed in the House Energy committee today, would repeal bipartisan provisions that limited new electricity from coal until the state adopts a comprehensive plan to offset emissions that contribute to climate change. Continue Reading →

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MN GOP Proposes Continued Budget Cuts To Local Governments

Minnesota House and Senate leaders say they will introduce bills to cut aid that is budgeted to go to help cities pay for fire, police and other services. The leaders say this is an extension of Governor Pawlenty’s unallotments in 2010 and cities should be expecting it. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Dayton’s Team Begins to Take Shape

Governor Tim Pawlenty and Governor-Elect Mark Dayton

No sooner did Minnesota Governor-elect Mark Dayton appear at a joint news conference with outgoing Governor Tim Pawlenty yesterday, did he begin to announce his staff for the administration that begins Jan. 3. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Governor-Elect Dayton Appears with Pawlenty

Governor-Elect Mark Dayton

Today, five weeks and two days after the Nov. 2 election, former Democratic Senator Mark Dayton is now officially Governor-Elect Mark Dayton. As such, he’ll appear today at 2:45 p.m. in the Governors Reception Room at the State Capitol with Minnesota’s soon-to-be outgoing Governor Tim Pawlenty. Continue Reading →

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